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(The Sun)   Animal lover crashes his Ferrari to avoid hitting a hedgehog. With helpful picture of healthy hedgehog   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 81
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2012-04-09 09:33:13 PM
bawwww, tag fail, curse you no edit button.
 
2012-04-09 09:33:16 PM
Woah baby I'm thinking about your sports car
Woah baby I'm thinking about your crash
Woah baby I'm thinking about your sports car, thinking about your crash

/ooh
 
2012-04-09 09:42:56 PM
I had no idea hedgehogs are so cute.

I've never had a wreck, but I do brake for animals including squirrels. I think it's important, especially in a residential area, to drive so that you can brake for living things. After all, if you can't stop in time for a squirrel, you probably can't stop in time for that stray toddler that has made a break for freedom when her Mom finally gave into the need to go to the restroom. Toddlers are crafty and run really fast.
 
2012-04-09 09:46:29 PM

Glitchwerks: It depends on the Ferrari. I've read about issues with the 360, Enzo, and a few others. The Enzo, for example, had brutal snap oversteer. Older Ferraris also didn't have all the computer assistance they have now.


The pic is of a F512M, looks most like one of the last variants of the Testarossa (the clear headlamp lenses instead of the flip-up lamps are the giveaway as to the age). Made 1994-1996. Mid engine V12, so it's going to pivot pretty quickly, 440HP, which isn't as impressive today as it was then, but its still more than enough to do something stupid.

The guy was likely driving too fast for conditions and yanked it too hard.

Exotics are notorious for tricky handling- a crap-ton of power tends to do that. My local CJD dealer, when discussing the Viper in the showroom, said that a bunch of the buyers crash them on the way home right after purchase. Seems they aren't used to that kind of machine and feathering the throttle at the wrong time will cause the rear end to try and lead the way.
 
2012-04-09 09:50:39 PM
TheZorker: The Asshole Guy: I live in Maine and I've taken out 2 chipmunks that ran under my tires. A duck that flew into the side of my car and 3 birds that simply choose to not get out of the road. They make a wonderful sound when they slam into your grill.

I will only swerve for a Moose and that is it. Anything else I'm hitting head on, even a bear which I have come across.

What about a Moose and a Squirrel together?


I asked my daughter who is 13 last week if she had ever head of Rocky and Bullwinkle, sadly she had not.
 
2012-04-09 10:02:40 PM
I've hit one deer, and been hit by a deer and a raccoon.
The deer I hit jump out in front of me and fell down before I hit it. I slammed on the brakes and it's hooves put nicks in my bumper. She then jumped up and ran away with a road rash she'll never forget. The deer that hit me jumped off a hill and landed on the front left corner of my hood and bounced 20 feet to the other side of the road. The raccoon that hit me ran into the left passenger door full speed. It must have been rabid, because raccoons aren't that stupid.
I was rear-ended once because the woman in front of me slammed on her brakes for a squirrel, and the guy behind me wasn't paying attention.
 
2012-04-09 10:10:22 PM

akula: Exotics are notorious for tricky handling- a crap-ton of power tends to do that. My local CJD dealer, when discussing the Viper in the showroom, said that a bunch of the buyers crash them on the way home right after purchase. Seems they aren't used to that kind of machine and feathering the throttle at the wrong time will cause the rear end to try and lead the way.


It does not help that most car shows and magazines imply or flat out state that traction control and other electronic control aids are a sign of reduced manliness, and that a true driver immediately disables as much of those controls as possible.

You have to figure most of the folks who can actually afford these cars are just starting to hit the age where they need that re-affermation of virility. Combine that with a hearty disdain for technological assistance, and you have a surefire recipe for wrecked exotics.
 
2012-04-09 10:16:23 PM

akula: The pic is of a F512M, looks most like one of the last variants of the Testarossa (the clear headlamp lenses instead of the flip-up lamps are the giveaway as to the age). Made 1994-1996. Mid engine V12, so it's going to pivot pretty quickly, 440HP, which isn't as impressive today as it was then, but its still more than enough to do something stupid.


Yeah, that sucks... F512Ms are pretty damn rare. Not my favorite, as the TR look was wearing awfully thin by that point, but still an interesting ride that deserves a better driver.
 
2012-04-09 10:24:32 PM

Glitchwerks: Sin_City_Superhero: WTF? Wasn't he in a Ferrari? Either Ferraris don't handle as well as I've been told they do, or this guy can't drive.

It depends on the Ferrari. I've read about issues with the 360, Enzo, and a few others. The Enzo, for example, had brutal snap oversteer. Older Ferraris also didn't have all the computer assistance they have now.

Check out the recent Top Gear with the Stig driving the FF on ice. As soon as he hits 4th gear the AWD system is disengaged and he plows head first into a snowbank.

I'm sure a 458 with the computer on will perform miracles for even the most hamfisted driver, but anyone who drives like Ryan Dunn is going to kill themselves.



Having had quite a bit of history with Ferraris, you are mostly spot on. The bit on the FF though was meant to distinguish the difference between a typical AWD system and the overly sophisticated on on the FF. Although if any regular dipshiat gets behind the wheel of anything other than a Chevy Cruse, something bad is bound to happen.

Most cars are only as good as a well trained driver. In most cases even an idiot driver who would total a supercar could just as easily do the samething to a Focus.
 
2012-04-09 10:28:17 PM

akula: Glitchwerks: It depends on the Ferrari. I've read about issues with the 360, Enzo, and a few others. The Enzo, for example, had brutal snap oversteer. Older Ferraris also didn't have all the computer assistance they have now.

The pic is of a F512M, looks most like one of the last variants of the Testarossa (the clear headlamp lenses instead of the flip-up lamps are the giveaway as to the age). Made 1994-1996. Mid engine V12, so it's going to pivot pretty quickly, 440HP, which isn't as impressive today as it was then, but its still more than enough to do something stupid.

The guy was likely driving too fast for conditions and yanked it too hard.

Exotics are notorious for tricky handling- a crap-ton of power tends to do that. My local CJD dealer, when discussing the Viper in the showroom, said that a bunch of the buyers crash them on the way home right after purchase. Seems they aren't used to that kind of machine and feathering the throttle at the wrong time will cause the rear end to try and lead the way.


Exactly. I've seen an S7 that had been wrapped around a light pole two blocks from the owners house. Those things are squirrelly as hell in the lower RPM's.
 
2012-04-09 10:29:29 PM

The WindowLicker: It does not help that most car shows and magazines imply or flat out state that traction control and other electronic control aids are a sign of reduced manliness, and that a true driver immediately disables as much of those controls as possible.


Uh, 1980s-1990s supercards tended not to have such things. The F512M sure as hell didn't. In those instances where a super high performance car does have all those aids, the reviews tend to not refer to them as "a sign of reduced manliness," but simply state that they hurt lap times (they do). Still, the makers are getting better with them, and recent reviews (a recent R&T had a bunch of Corvettes out to play) are stating that while they prefer to dial them back a bit, they don't often go for full off mode.

You can't drive a supercar like you do a damn Honda. It isn't like you can just push it harder and not have an issue. The handling is sharper/more responsive, the engines are far more powerful, and when you "see what it can do" you aren't just squealing tires. You're ripping them loose of the pavement completely. If you are in a safe(r) situation like a race track you can do impressive things. If you try it on the street with uneven pavement, oil dripping from that shiatbox three cars up, and no shoulder at all, well, you'll bend up that nice new toy and you'll do it in nothing flat.
 
2012-04-09 10:43:14 PM

akula: Uh, 1980s-1990s supercards tended not to have such things. The F512M sure as hell didn't. In those instances where a super high performance car does have all those aids, the reviews tend to not refer to them as "a sign of reduced manliness," but simply state that they hurt lap times (they do). Still, the makers are getting better with them, and recent reviews (a recent R&T had a bunch of Corvettes out to play) are stating that while they prefer to dial them back a bit, they don't often go for full off mode.

You can't drive a supercar like you do a damn Honda. It isn't like you can just push it harder and not have an issue. The handling is sharper/more responsive, the engines are far more powerful, and when you "see what it can do" you aren't just squealing tires. You're ripping them loose of the pavement completely. If you are in a safe(r) situation like a race track you can do impressive things. If you try it on the street with uneven pavement, oil dripping from that shiatbox three cars up, and no shoulder at all, well, you'll bend up that nice new toy and you'll do it in nothing flat.


That is exactly my point. Your average middle aged dumbass does not have the driving skills to get the most out of a supercar on the street. In fact, anyone who attempts to get the most out of a supercar on the street is operating well outside the bounds of sanity. It is one thing to push a vehicle to its limits on a course, but if you do that on the street you are removing your ability to react to something unexpected in the road. Like an animal, or little Suzie chasing her ball, or a pulled over car.

Yes traction control and stability control reduce performance slightly, but that reduction can only really be seen on a track. This does not stop people from immediately disabling everything they can because "it hurts lap times." The stig can handle an exotic with the safeties turned off, mr balding orthodontist who vaguely remembers doing quarter mile drags in his high school beater cannot.
 
2012-04-09 10:45:45 PM
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2012-04-09 10:57:37 PM
I had a friend in high school who drove a black '73 Ford pickup that got 3 miles per gallon. If he saw a deer standing by the road, he'd swerve TOWARD the deer.

/of course he had a gun rack
//yes Budweiser too
 
2012-04-09 11:03:51 PM
there's too much hum and feedback in my hedgehog
 
2012-04-09 11:26:40 PM

TheZorker: The Asshole Guy: I live in Maine and I've taken out 2 chipmunks that ran under my tires. A duck that flew into the side of my car and 3 birds that simply choose to not get out of the road. They make a wonderful sound when they slam into your grill.

I will only swerve for a Moose and that is it. Anything else I'm hitting head on, even a bear which I have come across.

What about a Moose and a Squirrel together?


Those are particularly threatened by Russian drivers.
 
2012-04-09 11:28:29 PM
Lunaville

I had no idea hedgehogs are so cute.

Hedgehogs are the most
    Underrated creatures on God's Earth.
    Hedgehogs are worthy of a Holy Virgin birth
    'Though it may be a bit prickly
    And the mother's looking sickly.
    I love hedgehogs and I think they are the best. ♪
 
2012-04-09 11:32:27 PM

frozenhotchocolate: Only thirty thousand euros in damage. I'm calling bs.


He has a cousin who knows a guy.
 
2012-04-10 12:47:05 AM
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2012-04-10 01:30:36 AM

Larva Lump: Lunaville

I had no idea hedgehogs are so cute.

♪ Hedgehogs are the most
    Underrated creatures on God's Earth.
    Hedgehogs are worthy of a Holy Virgin birth
    'Though it may be a bit prickly
    And the mother's looking sickly.
    I love hedgehogs and I think they are the best. ♪


Songs concerning hedgehogs? Compared to an unbelievable variety of other animals, the hedgehog was quite fortunate.

♪ Roll them all over and turn them around,
The hedgehog can never be buggered at all. ♪
 
2012-04-10 01:30:43 AM

mudesi: [www.nethounder.com image 520x293]

I'll just leave this here (new window)


I'm not a huge fan of Michael Bay, but I gotta say I love that chase scene. And a Ferrari with a self-mending windshield? What could be better?
 
2012-04-10 03:37:22 AM
i remember i had just got a 93 cavalier z24. great deal on a car really. was driving it back from Alabama down a road at 3am going about...idunno. 80 i suppose. cat ran out in front of me. shame what happened to that cat, but i wouldn't crash a car i just payed 500 bucks for let alone a Ferrari for some suicidal animal who ran out in front of a giant metal monstrosity.
 
2012-04-10 03:47:27 AM
I remember a Close To Home comic where a car is stopped in the road, a boat that was on a trailer on the car's roof, a butterfly flying in front of the car and an angry woman behind the wheel saying something like "What did you expect me to do?! Hit it?!" to the man in the passenger seat
 
2012-04-10 03:57:15 AM
faeries like to disguise themselves as hedgehogs; maybe this guy will get some unexpected good luck that will pay for the damage to the car.
 
2012-04-10 03:59:26 AM

gravebayne2: i remember i had just got a 93 cavalier z24. great deal on a car really. was driving it back from Alabama down a road at 3am going about...idunno. 80 i suppose. cat ran out in front of me. shame what happened to that cat, but i wouldn't crash a car i just payed 500 bucks for let alone a Ferrari for some suicidal animal who ran out in front of a giant metal monstrosity.


If I can eat it in one sitting... I don't brake/swerve. Even when I'm on the motorcycle.
 
2012-04-10 08:00:08 AM
A man with priorities so far out of whack doesnt deserve such a fine automobile...
 
2012-04-10 08:00:21 AM

Glitchwerks: Sin_City_Superhero: WTF? Wasn't he in a Ferrari? Either Ferraris don't handle as well as I've been told they do, or this guy can't drive.

It depends on the Ferrari. I've read about issues with the 360, Enzo, and a few others. The Enzo, for example, had brutal snap oversteer. Older Ferraris also didn't have all the computer assistance they have now.

Check out the recent Top Gear with the Stig driving the FF on ice. As soon as he hits 4th gear the AWD system is disengaged and he plows head first into a snowbank.

I'm sure a 458 with the computer on will perform miracles for even the most hamfisted driver, but anyone who drives like Ryan Dunn is going to kill themselves.


Seriously? Enzo's are going for $2 million. I'd think for that kind of money they'd handle like a dream about warm, sticky things. I guess money doesn't buy everything...
 
2012-04-10 08:13:11 AM
Thomas Dolby is not amused.
 
2012-04-10 09:14:19 AM

Sin_City_Superhero: Seriously? Enzo's are going for $2 million. I'd think for that kind of money they'd handle like a dream about warm, sticky things. I guess money doesn't buy everything...


Turn 10 were actually one of the first to discover the flaws with the car in their simulation. After punching in the data, they tested it out and thought they had made a critical mistake because the car's handling had issues.

Lo and behold the car finally started finding it's way into the hands of journalists around the same time and they started reporting that the Enzo had its share of issues as well.

There was a video on Fark of an Enzo ending up in the ocean not too long ago. Relatively low speed error and the car just chucked itself off the road.

Super cars are awesome for what they are, but there are plenty of cheaper alternatives for driving thrills.
 
2012-04-10 10:43:09 AM

Glitchwerks: Super cars are awesome for what they are, but there are plenty of cheaper alternatives for driving thrills.


Yeps.
www.mobcustom.com

/Don't have that one. I'd kill myself just climbing on it
 
2012-04-10 07:01:32 PM

BummerDuck: Mock26: Insurance + man can afford a ferrari = no big monetary loss to repair car.

If I was the insurance company, I would only pay the cost of repairs sustained if he had run over the hedgehog.

If I was the cop on the scene, I would issue him a citation for endangering the lives of other humans because he swerved for a rodent.


They are insectivores, not bleedin' rodents. A hedgehog is any of the spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae and the order Erinaceomorpha. While it is true that it somewhat resembles a porcupine, which is a rodent, that's beside the fact that it is not.
 
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